Ever since Volkswagen confirmed that it would be offering a V6 TDI mill in the facelifted Amarok, there has been plenty of speculation around local pricing. And now we finally have an idea of what this new range-topping bakkie will cost when it arrives in June 2017.
CAR deputy editor Terence Steenkamp first sampled the refreshed Golf range in Spain, before heading over to Germany to drive the updated Amarok. And, rather handily, he has reliably learnt indicative pricing for the V6-powered double-cab.
So, how much are we looking at? Well, it seems two V6 derivatives will be on offer in SA, with the range-topping Extreme-badged variant coming in at just below R800 000. A 4Motion AT Highline derivative with the same powerplant will also be on offer, with indicative pricing sitting at around R705 000.
Both models will feature the high-output 3,0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine, which sends a substantial 165 kW and 550 N.m to all four wheels via the Wolfsburg brand’s eight-speed automatic transmission. An overboost function bumps peak power to 180 kW and maximum torque to 580 N.m for 10 seconds from 70% throttle, in third and fourth gear from 50 km/h. After a five-second break, the function again becomes accessible.
This should be enough to facilitate a sprint from standstill to three figures in 7,9 seconds. We’ll have to wait until closer to the launch to learn just how extensive the Extreme’s standard specification list will be, but early information points to the inclusion of Xenon headlamps, navigation and electrically adjustable leather seats, at the very least.
The detuned 150 kW version of the six-cylinder oil-burner is seemingly not on the cards for SA – for the time being, at least. The 103 kW/340 N.m 2,0 TDI and 132 kW/420 N.m 2,0 BiTDI engines, meanwhile, will be carried over to the refreshed local range.
Take note that this is indicative pricing, so it may change between now and the local launch.
*This story was updated after new information came to light…
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